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Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline Announces 2017 Season

July 11, 2017


Chicago’s premiere sightseeing experience begins special-themed cruises April 28


OK so I must admit for the ENTIRE time I was out on this cruise I kept on hearing the song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” you know the song performed by the Bahamian group Baha Men!  LOL!!  As we stood in line to board a couple of people came up and asked hey is this a dog friendly boat?  Once we told them yes they loved the concept and if you are a pet owner you and your furry buddy will truly enjoy this outing.  It is informative and just long enough for your pet not to get antsy!  See below for the details as well as other cruises Mercury Cruises offer!  My friends when they saw my pictures kept asking where is Gizmo??!! My dog and I promised them and him we will be back together!  Because I was working the event I did not want to not be able to enjoy it with him.  See you on all ONBOARD!!!!





Chicago — Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline embarks on its 82nd season on Friday, April 28, with a

schedule full of fun-filled daytime and evening tours for all ages. Known for lively narrations and

panoramic, picture-perfect views, Mercury Cruises offers tourists and locals front row seats to the city’s

breathtaking skyline from the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.


“As a fourth-generation, local family-owned and operated company, we are excited to offer a variety of

excursions for families again this year, allowing them to experience the city’s vibrant beauty and culture

from the water,” said Holly Agra, Mercury Cruises’ vice president.


The tours feature unparalleled views of Chicago’s most magnificent landmarks and skyscrapers – from

the Willis Tower and Marina City to John Hancock Building and Museum Campus – and are narrated by

professionally-trained guides who bring the city’s rich history to life.


Mercury Cruises offers the following daytime and evening tours for the 2017 season. For a complete

schedule and to purchase advance tickets, visit




Canine Cruise

Pooches and their people embark on a 90-minute getaway aboard Mercury’s Skyline Queen with plenty

of spacious outdoor seating, water bowls and newspaper-lined restrooms. The canine-centric cruise

includes a narrated tour of the city’s architecture and dog-friendly sites. Leashes are required on this

cruise. Guests receive a Chicago Dog-Friendly map and guide at the conclusion of the tour.


  • May 20: Special Riverwalk Opening Day Cruise at 10:15 a.m. Dogs and children ride free on this

special day.

  • July 8 – Sept. 24: Departs at 10:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.
  • $35 for adults; $14 for kids under 15; $8 for dogs; free for children under five


Urban Adventure Cruise ®

The Urban Adventure Cruise ®, Mercury Cruises’ signature tour, dazzles guests with stunning views of

legendary skyscrapers and bridges while sailing along the main branch of the Chicago River, through the

Chicago River Lock and into the downtown harbor of Lake Michigan. The 90-minute narrated cruise is a

family favorite and offers a picture post-card view of the famous Chicago skyline.


  • April 28 – Oct. 9: Departs daily at 10:15 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.; 2:15 p.m.; 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • $35 for adults; $14 for kids under 15; free for children under five.


Chicago By Night Cruise

Guests will be captivated by the sparkling skyline and Buckingham Fountain’s dazzling light display on

this 90-minute, river and lakefront evening cruise with live commentary. All guests receive a

complimentary neon light wand.


  • May 26 – Sept. 3: Departs at 8:15 p.m. (excludes Wednesdays and Saturdays).
  • Sept. 8 – Oct. 8: Departs at 8:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only.
  • $36 for adults; $15 for kids under 15; free for children under five.


3D Fireworks Cruise

The two-hour evening cruise spectacle begins with a lakefront tour of the skyline and concludes with the

most unique way to see Chicago’s fireworks – through the lens of 3D glasses.


May 27 – Sept. 2: Departs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m.

  • $36 for adults; $15 for kids under 15; free for children under five.


Science Is Fun Cruise

School, summer camp and scout groups can reserve this 90-minute science-themed cruise that gives

children a memorable, educational experience through hands-on, interactive science experiments and

sweeping skyline views. The cruise turns kids into scientists for the day and educates them about the

Chicago River, Lake Michigan, how a skyscraper is built and the invasive species that threaten city



  • April 28 – Oct. 9: Tour is available for groups only and scheduled by request. Individual tickets

are not offered. For group reservations and additional information, please contact 312-332-1368



Boarding Location

Mercury Cruises departs Chicago’s Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive at the dock with the

blue awning (112 E. Wacker Dr.). Follow the stairs on the street level of the southeast corner of the

Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. Discounted parking is located across the street at 111 E.

Wacker Dr.


Tour Tickets

Guests may purchase tickets in the following ways:

  • Online at, beginning April 1
  • At the Mercury Cruises ticket window, 112 E. Wacker Dr., Riverwalk level, beginning April 27
  • For groups of 20 or more, please call 312-332-1368 for special rates and additional information


About Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline

Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruise line, brings Chicago’s stunning views and vibrant culture to life through

a variety of narrated family-friendly cruises and special tours for both visitors and locals. A cornerstone of

the city’s Riverwalk for more than 80 years, Mercury Cruises is a fourth-generation owned and operated

cruise line. It is also the sister company of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, an authentic tourism experience

that explores the city’s rich architecture history through the official Chicago Architecture Foundation River

Cruise. Both cruise lines are committed to green initiatives and fuel their vessels with only clean energy

sources. All vessels are operated by a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and crew. For more information

on Mercury Cruises, visit or call 312-332-1353.


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